Harper Ejected By Overzealous Ump in Nats’ Win (VIDEO)
The Nationals beat the Yankees on Wednesday by a score of 3-2, but they did so, largely, without the energetic and red-hot-hitting Bryce Harper.
Harper was ejected in the third inning last night by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson.
The ejection was ridiculous, weak, and looked like Hudson had a vendetta against Harper coming into the game.
First, Hudson called a breaking a ball for a strike against Harper that was most definitely low. Harper stepped out, appeared to say something to Hudson, but not with any malice or intent.
Then Nationals manager Matt Williams chirped from the dugout, right as Harper was moving into the box for the next pitch, and Hudson removed his mask to engage Williams in a conversation. A fired-up Hudson then tried to get Harper to go back in the batters box again. Harper told him that he was already in the box before Hudson spoke with Williams, so Hudson threw him out -- and then threw out Williams.
After the game Harper said, "I don't think 40,000 people came to see him (Hudson) ump today, plain and simple." And you know? He's right. Umpires get a lot of unnecessary badgering and verbal abuse, but this time, Hudson was the aggressor. Harper was right.
You can read Harper's statement after the game here: